Thursday 17 August 2017

As one lucky winner scoops €4.5m, shop owner donates commission to charity... from mountaintop

Zainab Boladale

THE COUNTRY has, perhaps, a few new millionaires.

One lucky ticket holder has won more than €4.5m in the latest Lotto draw.

The winning quick-pick ticket was sold at An Post, George's Street Upper, Dun Laoghaire, in Dublin.

Meanwhile, the owner of the Londis Shop in Westmoreland Street who sold Friday’s winning Daily Millions ticket has announced he is donating his €5,000 seller’s commission to charity.

Seamus Griffin was in Kerry on Friday night preparing to do a fundraising walk up Carrauntoohil on Saturday with 165 Londis retailers in aid of Pieta House when he got a call to say he had sold the winning Daily Million ticket.

“I am in Kerry with 165 people from the Londis store network doing a walk for Pieta House which is an amazing charity, and am delighted to donate my seller’s bonus to them.” said Mr Griffin, of the Griffin Group which owns 13 Londis stores in the Dublin region.

“We have had big wins through our stores before, but this is the first time we sold a Daily Million winning ticket.” 

The staff from the 13 Londis stores who participated in the walk raised €35,000 for Pieta House, while the Londis Group in total raised more than €100,000 for the cause.

A National Lottery spokesperson said today that they are looking forward to welcoming both the Daily Million and the Saturday Lotto winners through its doors this week.

“It is very exciting to have two big wins in the same weekend. We are advising all our players to check their tickets to see if they are the lucky winners,” she said.

Saturday’s Lotto Draw winning numbers were 2, 5, 12, 34, 41, 47. Bonus No 29.

Friday’s Daily Million winning numbers were 2, 5, 9, 10, 32, 33. Bonus No 30

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